OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Shrine visit
参拝
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Yakatabune
屋形船
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
International Avenue
国際通り
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Haarii
ハーリー
Awamori
泡盛
Hong Kong
BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Shohekiga
障壁画
Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Picks
楊枝
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Daruma
達磨
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
RAMEN
ラーメン
SOBA
蕎麦
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI